SKT vs RNG China vs Korea has always been somewhat of a grudge match. The warring regions have occupied two out of the past three Worlds Finals, with Korea coming out on top every time. However, at last year’s MSI, when we found ourselves witnessing another Korea vs China clash in the final, it was China’s EDG who emerged as victors, against favourites SKT. This year, the tables were upended, and SKT came in as the underdogs, perhaps for the first time in their lives, against the Chinese titans RNG. What followed was an exciting and explosive series, with both teams digging deep, but only one emerging victorious. Game 1 SKT had clearly changed their game plan over the weekend, and put Faker in a position to hard carry on an assassin. Xauqhu locked in his best champion, Le Blanc, and Faker confidently locked in Fizz. Fizz is a bold pick into Le Blanc, as he has a weak early laning phase, but can spiral out of control if he is given the resources to do so. Faker managed to pick up an early kill on the Le Blanc in lane, and had a pretty large impact on the rest of the game, however the story of game 1 all happened in the toplane. Looper picked Trundle into Duke’s Poppy and had an insane performance. He killed Duke solo for first blood, and even went on to kill faker in a 1v2 duel in the toplane. Looper was just too big a threat for SKT to handle, and he even went on to end the game by himself, with the rest of his team dead, 1vs4. RNG take game 1, and SKT still look shakey. Game 2 I have a picture in my head of the scenes backstage between games 1 and 2. Bang and Wolf look nervous and unsure, holding eachother for comfort, Duke is crying in the corner, and Blank in having a silent prayer in front of a framed picture of Benji. Faker steps on top of the table and says something like, but not necessarily “We will not go quietly into the night!” and rouses his squad into action. SKT looked like a different team in game 2. Led by Faker’s Azir, counter picked by Xauqhu’s Le Blanc they went on to dominate RNG. It is rare to even see Azir go even in a Le Blanc lane, let alone come out ahead, but try telling that to Faker. He solo killed Xauqhu in lane, 1v1 and went on to play one of the best Azir games of his career, going 7-0-6 on the champion, and making huge plays left, right and center. It wasn’t just the Faker show though. Wolf had a much better game on Soraka than his previous, and Bang went off on Sivir. Even Blank, who had obviously been channeling his inner Bengi on Elise had a great game, showing that the Spider Queen still has a place in the meta. SKT gun down RNG to level the series 1-1. Game 3 SKT took over the momentum from game 2, and stormed into game 3. Faker picked up Fizz again, into the Azir, and had another great game picking up 2 early kills from a teleport play in the toplane. Mlxg fought back, showing Blank that he isn’t the only one who can still play Elise, and had a stellar performance on her, including an impressive 1v2 kill onto Blank. Duke also redeemed himself this game, with some excellent Ekko plays into Looper’s Poppy. What most impressed me in game 3 was SKT’s team synergy looked like it was back. They showed that they were masters of using the Sivir ulti to set up picks and fights, and Bang picked up two triple kills in the game during teamfights. SKT took game 3, to bring the series to match point. Game 4 In game 4, Xauqhu’s Azir came up against Faker’s famous Ryze and took the summoner spell exhaust with him, symptomatic of his team’s performance in the game that followed. SKT came out in force and scored the perfect game against RNG, giving up no objectives or kills in the 28 minutes it took for them to fell RNG’s nexus. SKT look much like thier old selves, and must be looking forward to the final now, where they will surely come in as favourites. They will play the winner of CLG vs FW on Sunday 15th of May, starting at 6:30AM GMT. Be there or be Urgot.